Wilmington honors Hollingsworth’s 32 years of service; city officials sworn in


Hollingsworth recognized; officials sworn in

By John Hamilton - jhamilton@wnewsj.com



David Hollingsworth was honored at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting for his 32 years of service as City Auditor.

David Hollingsworth was honored at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting for his 32 years of service as City Auditor.


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Outgoing Wilmington Councilmember Tyler Williams, left, was honored by Mayor John Stanforth for his service as an at-large councilmember at Thursday’s meeting.


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Mark McKay, second from left, is joined by his brother Roderick McKay and sister-in-law Nancy, as Mayor John Stanforth swears him into his second term as President of Wilmington City Council at Thursday’s meeting.


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Jonathan McKay, second from right, is joined by his parents Roderick and Nancy McKay, and girlfriend Shelby Boatman, as he’s sworn into his third term as the first ward councilmember at Thursday’s meeting by Mayor John Stanforth.


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Michael Snarr, left, is sworn in as the second ward councilmember by Mayor John Stanforth at Thursday’s meeting.


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Matt Purkey, left, shakes Mayor John Stanforth’s hand after being sworn in for a second term as the fourth ward councilmember at Thursday’s meeting.


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Bill Liermann, middle, is joined by his wife Deanna as he is sworn into another term as an at-large councilmember at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting.


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Kelsey Swindler, left, shakes Mayor John Stanforth’s hand after being sworn in for a third term as an at-large councilmember at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting.


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Joined by his wife Mary, left, former Wilmington Mayor Nick Eveland, center, shakes hands with current Mayor John Stanforth as he’s sworn in as the newest at-large councilmember at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting.


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Third Ward councilmember Kristi Fickert, left, is sworn in to her second term by her uncle, Clinton County Sheriff Ralph Fizer Jr., right, with grandfather, former Clinton County Sheriff Ralph Fizer Sr., holding the Bible at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting.


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Mary Kay Vance, left, was sworn in as the new City Auditor by Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John “Tim” Rudduck at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting. Vance was also honored for her 31 years of service as deputy auditor.


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Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John “Tim” Rudduck, right, swears in his son, Brett, into his third term as Wilmington’s law director at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting.


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Wilmington Mayor John Stanforth, right, presents the key to the city to outgoing City Auditor David Hollingsworth at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting in appreciation of his 32 years of “dedicated, professional & loyal service to the city and citizens of Wilmington” from Jan. 1, 1988 to Dec. 31, 2019.


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WILMINGTON — Thirty-two of years of service didn’t go without notice.

At Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting, outgoing City Auditor David Hollingsworth, one of the longest-serving city officials, was honored for his years of service.

Mary Kay Vance, who was sworn in as the new auditor, spoke about Hollingsworth’s career.

“You were encouraged to run for office by Kent Vandervort, who was the auditor at the time,” said Vance. “Kent’s favorite saying right now is he is happily a former city auditor. So, now you can say that.”

Vance recalled when she joined a year after Hollingsworth was sworn in, and how the two worked together back at the old city building, recalling all the measures and projects made possible by Hollingsworth. These included issuing bonds for the $4.5 million for the sewer plant, orchestrating the financing for the construction of the current city building, and forging the lines for the Caesar Creek water line.

“So many people look up to you for guidance, and they still will,” said Vance. “I have you on speed dial.”

Mayor John Stanforth presented the key to the city to Hollingsworth in appreciation for his 32 years of “dedicated, professional & loyal service to the city and citizens of Wilmington” from Jan. 1, 1988 to Dec. 31, 2019.

Hollingsworth thanked everyone for their kind words and said the auditor’s office is in safe hands with Mary Kay Vance and her team. Hollingsworth also wanted to reiterate to citizens that he was not retiring from his job as a tax preparer, but simply decided to not run for office again.

Also during council:

• Mayor John Stanforth swore-in Mark McKay, Jonathan McKay, Michael Snarr, Matt Purkey, Bill Liermann, Kelsey Swindler, and Nick Eveland into their respective council positions. Councilmember Kristi Fickert was sworn in by her uncle, Clinton County Sheriff Ralph Fizer Jr. along. She was also joined by Fizer’s father and former Clinton County Sheriff Ralph Fizer Sr. Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John “Tim” Rudduck swore-in Mary Kay Vance as the new city auditor and his son, Brett, as the city’s law director.

• Outgoing Councilmember Tyler Williams was recognized by Mayor John Stanforth and others for his time on council. Williams thanked them and hopes the good work continues in the City Revitalization Committee where he served as chairperson.

• Council performed the third and final reading, approving the $58.7 million 2020 budget for the city, an over $15.4 million increase from the 2019 budget.

• Council approved a resolution accepting a $5,000 grant from the Clinton County Solid Waste District to assist in the processing fees for the curbside recycling program. They also approved an ordinance authorizing Stanforth to enter into an agreement with Miami Valley Lighting, LLC.

David Hollingsworth was honored at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting for his 32 years of service as City Auditor.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/12/web1_DSC_0185-2.jpgDavid Hollingsworth was honored at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting for his 32 years of service as City Auditor. John Hamilton | News Journal

Outgoing Wilmington Councilmember Tyler Williams, left, was honored by Mayor John Stanforth for his service as an at-large councilmember at Thursday’s meeting.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/12/web1_DSC_0222-2.jpgOutgoing Wilmington Councilmember Tyler Williams, left, was honored by Mayor John Stanforth for his service as an at-large councilmember at Thursday’s meeting. John Hamilton | News Journal

Mark McKay, second from left, is joined by his brother Roderick McKay and sister-in-law Nancy, as Mayor John Stanforth swears him into his second term as President of Wilmington City Council at Thursday’s meeting.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/12/web1_DSC_0242-2.jpgMark McKay, second from left, is joined by his brother Roderick McKay and sister-in-law Nancy, as Mayor John Stanforth swears him into his second term as President of Wilmington City Council at Thursday’s meeting. John Hamilton | News Journal

Jonathan McKay, second from right, is joined by his parents Roderick and Nancy McKay, and girlfriend Shelby Boatman, as he’s sworn into his third term as the first ward councilmember at Thursday’s meeting by Mayor John Stanforth.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/12/web1_DSC_0257-2.jpgJonathan McKay, second from right, is joined by his parents Roderick and Nancy McKay, and girlfriend Shelby Boatman, as he’s sworn into his third term as the first ward councilmember at Thursday’s meeting by Mayor John Stanforth. John Hamilton | News Journal

Michael Snarr, left, is sworn in as the second ward councilmember by Mayor John Stanforth at Thursday’s meeting.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/12/web1_DSC_0269-2.jpgMichael Snarr, left, is sworn in as the second ward councilmember by Mayor John Stanforth at Thursday’s meeting. John Hamilton | News Journal

Matt Purkey, left, shakes Mayor John Stanforth’s hand after being sworn in for a second term as the fourth ward councilmember at Thursday’s meeting.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/12/web1_DSC_0276-2.jpgMatt Purkey, left, shakes Mayor John Stanforth’s hand after being sworn in for a second term as the fourth ward councilmember at Thursday’s meeting. John Hamilton | News Journal

Bill Liermann, middle, is joined by his wife Deanna as he is sworn into another term as an at-large councilmember at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/12/web1_DSC_0279-2.jpgBill Liermann, middle, is joined by his wife Deanna as he is sworn into another term as an at-large councilmember at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting. John Hamilton | News Journal

Kelsey Swindler, left, shakes Mayor John Stanforth’s hand after being sworn in for a third term as an at-large councilmember at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/12/web1_DSC_0285-2.jpgKelsey Swindler, left, shakes Mayor John Stanforth’s hand after being sworn in for a third term as an at-large councilmember at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting. John Hamilton | News Journal

Joined by his wife Mary, left, former Wilmington Mayor Nick Eveland, center, shakes hands with current Mayor John Stanforth as he’s sworn in as the newest at-large councilmember at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/12/web1_DSC_0298-2.jpgJoined by his wife Mary, left, former Wilmington Mayor Nick Eveland, center, shakes hands with current Mayor John Stanforth as he’s sworn in as the newest at-large councilmember at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting. John Hamilton | News Journal

Third Ward councilmember Kristi Fickert, left, is sworn in to her second term by her uncle, Clinton County Sheriff Ralph Fizer Jr., right, with grandfather, former Clinton County Sheriff Ralph Fizer Sr., holding the Bible at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/12/web1_DSC_0303-3.jpgThird Ward councilmember Kristi Fickert, left, is sworn in to her second term by her uncle, Clinton County Sheriff Ralph Fizer Jr., right, with grandfather, former Clinton County Sheriff Ralph Fizer Sr., holding the Bible at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting. John Hamilton | News Journal

Mary Kay Vance, left, was sworn in as the new City Auditor by Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John “Tim” Rudduck at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting. Vance was also honored for her 31 years of service as deputy auditor.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/12/web1_DSC_0314-2.jpgMary Kay Vance, left, was sworn in as the new City Auditor by Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John “Tim” Rudduck at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting. Vance was also honored for her 31 years of service as deputy auditor. John Hamilton | News Journal

Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John “Tim” Rudduck, right, swears in his son, Brett, into his third term as Wilmington’s law director at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/12/web1_DSC_0335-2.jpgClinton County Common Pleas Judge John “Tim” Rudduck, right, swears in his son, Brett, into his third term as Wilmington’s law director at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting. John Hamilton | News Journal

https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/12/web1_DSC_0346-3.jpgJohn Hamilton | News Journal

Wilmington Mayor John Stanforth, right, presents the key to the city to outgoing City Auditor David Hollingsworth at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting in appreciation of his 32 years of “dedicated, professional & loyal service to the city and citizens of Wilmington” from Jan. 1, 1988 to Dec. 31, 2019.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/12/web1_DSC_0204-2.jpgWilmington Mayor John Stanforth, right, presents the key to the city to outgoing City Auditor David Hollingsworth at Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting in appreciation of his 32 years of “dedicated, professional & loyal service to the city and citizens of Wilmington” from Jan. 1, 1988 to Dec. 31, 2019. John Hamilton | News Journal
Hollingsworth recognized; officials sworn in

By John Hamilton

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